If you want to earn more, you must learn more.
That’s a quote by the late Zig Ziglar. one of the most powerful motivational speakers of our time.
Another public figure who attributes all her success to books is Oprah Winfrey. She’s always been vocal about the fact that her enthusiasm to learn about the world through books sparked her curiosity and gave her the courage to go out and conquer the world, which we all know she did.
I believe the progress of Africa is being held back by a mindset that doesn’t serve the people of the continent.
It is rather unfortunate that people are more inclined to be attracted to entertainment content than they are to content that will make them wiser and valuable to innovate and create great things for the people of Africa.
When I scroll through Facebook, I shake my head in disappointment at the contents, which are mostly about likes, views, shares, and comments.
Take a look at the popularity of this video! 3.6m people are curious about the interior of Davido’s home, after which they go back into their own lives and face their bills. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating other people’s success, but make sure you’re working harder at yours.
I do entertain my self sometimes but not before i have finished putting the work. Entertainment to me is like a moment of reward for hard work done. My personal preference is learning valuable things, which is why I would rather buy a book than a new pair of shoes or an expensive wig.
I love nonfiction books because it gives me the opportunity to consume lessons from someone who has spent years figuring the topic of discussion out and then written a book on how to make the process easier for me.
When you ignore the contents of a great book, you will end up taking much longer or perhaps never even achieving an outcome for which a solution was already provided in the book. The bible even warns us that “my people perish for the lack of knowledge.” Just pickup a book and save yourself a lot heart ache and time.
The reason why the African community is not making as much progress as expected is because people are not learning as much as they should. Africa has a wealth of resources, but untapped resources never built a country or continent. Young people would rather spend their time listening to gossip news or watching profanity on TV shows rather than finding ways on how to use what they have in order to get the life that they desire. They’re often excited to spend hours in the nightclub buying liquor and wasting away instead of investing those funds into health insurance, a coaching program, a book, or, better yet, a business opportunity.
We scream about the lack of opportunities as though those who create companies are superhuman. Young people in the west are starting businesses at the age of 17, but we in Africa are focused on finding a job.
Not many people want to be the ones to take an uncomfortable action towards learning the ropes to start their own business or, better yet, increase their knowledge and expertise to be more efficient at their place of work.
I challenge you right now to go on social media and check out the most popular posts amongst the African youth. If you find educative ones amongst them, please disprove me, and I will be happy to know that I was wrong.
Talking about learning, here are some websites where you may acquire some life changing skills through free courses for free.
- Online courses by Alison
- Oxford Home Study Centre
- LinkedIn Learning
Some of these platforms will give you a certificate that you may add to your portfolio to apply for promotions, to change your career or even start your own business from scratch.
If you’re unable to buy books, go to these websites and down educational books for free
- Free computer books
- Project Gutenberg
- Read Print
- Open Library
- Google Playbooks
Yesterday, during a conversation with my partner, he started to enumerate all my sources of income and asked me how I am able to do all that I do—my response was that I am continuously learning new skills and monetizing those skills simultaneously. For example, before I learned how to create journals using Canva, I purchased a lot of them on Amazon. And now that I learned how to create them for myself, I sell them to other people using my amazon account.
These are some of the journals that I have created for my personal use, but which are also available for public consumption.
What are you doing with your own time?
Young people complain about being unable to access online learning because of internet data, yet when they have access to some data, instead of using it to learn something that would cause them to earn some money to purchase data another day, they use it to like, comment, and share gossip news.
“Life is what you make of it, and the choices you make spice up your life.”
I recently made a post about personal development in a WhatsApp group in which I am a member, and someone told me to focus on my own personal development because not everybody wanted to become wealthy.
Unfortunately, and quite sadly, this is a popular mindset in Africa. People who are living in misery don’t want others to soar because they fear that they won’t have any company.
The actions of the young people regarding the content they throw themselves at, speaks for itself, and it is evident that nothing will change if nothing changes.
You are all excited about things that are vain, yet you turn around and point fingers at the government, your family members, and whoever else you’re holding a grudge against for your personal consolation—it’s everyone else that’s keeping you poor, and you truly have nothing to do about it.
If your assertion is true, I bet this quote is untrue, and useless.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” –Thomas Jefferson
The truth is that 99% of our success is due to preparation, and only one percent is due to action. If you spend time preparing for an opportunity that you are yet to have or behold, when that opportunity turns up, it’s going to be in sync with your preparedness.
But that’s unfortunately not the case with most young Africans, and most unsuccessful people are perishing for lack of knowledge—the kind of knowledge that will make them more employable and deserving of a promotion.
I remember watching interviews of both Elon Musk (the richest man on the planet) and Warren Buffet (the fifth richest man), and they both stressed that knowledge was their number one superpower and they’d spend hours reading, not watching Netflix or following gossip news.
“Most people know more about the lives of celebrities than they actually know about their life goals.” Tony Robbins
Also, while it takes little or no effort to entertain ourselves, it takes a lot of effort, self-discipline, intentionality, and consistency to consume educational content.
A while ago, I wrote an article about an unorthodox friend, and I recommend that you read it next. It will provide a lot of clarity as to what you should be doing to learn more.
My call to action is for you to step up and step into your God-given potential. You have greatness in you, and you must stop wasting your time, minding other people’s business.
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